Response To Unison’s Care Workers Report – From Independent Age

In response to Unison’s care workers report 15 Minutes of Shame, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age the older people’s charity, said:

“We have a ‘cut-price’ care system where state-funded care is rationed only to those with the highest need. Meanwhile, the rate councils pay for it is often too low to provide anything more than the minimum wage – if that – to care workers. A care workforce that isn’t being supported ultimately results in older people not being properly cared for.”

About Independent Age

Founded over 150 years ago, Independent Age is a growing charity helping older people across the UK and Ireland through the ‘ABC’ of advice, befriending and campaigning. We offer a free national telephone and email advice service focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services. This is supported by our free Wise Guide series of practical handbooks, and wide range of printed guides and factsheets. We also provide on-the-ground, local support, provided by a network of over 1,500 volunteers offering one-to-one and group befriending.

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